RB KARLOS WILLIAMS, FLORIDA ST.

RB #9 KARLOS WILLIAMS, FLORIDA ST.

6’1” – 219 lbs. – 4.55e

Started his collegiate career as a five-star safety recruit, appearing in a reserve/special teams role before converting to running back in 2013. Possesses prototypical size and bulk for a starting running back. Powerful runner who can gain yards after contact; capable of lowering his shoulder and punishing defenders. Has potential as a goal-line/short-yardage back. Easily runs through arm tackles. When given a hole, hits it hard and gets upfield in a hurry. Agile enough to make the first man miss; can recognize cutback lanes and find his way into the open field. Can be caught from behind but is fast enough to get to the edge and pick up chunks of yardage. Doesn’t have much tread on his tires, but fits the physical profile of a workhorse. Upside is considerable given the brevity of his career as a running back. Has played with an outstanding supporting cast and hasn’t had to carry the team; much of his production came in garbage time. Gets caught in the backfield far too often for a back with his tools; can work as a downhill back but gets too cute or tries to bounce runs outside. Pad level rises at times; naturally taller than most running backs. Sub-par balance. Has the size to develop into a quality blocker but is well below-average at this point; lacks technique and even gets overpowered at the point of attack more often than he should. Unreliable receiver who has some experience running routes in the flats but doesn’t catch the ball well; has also had some trouble handling kickoffs. Broke his wrist as a freshman, which could require a medical follow-up. Has experience as a kick returner. Defensive background could make him a candidate for early contributions on coverage units. Big, raw back who’s still learning the position but could contribute in a short-yardage/special-teams capacity early, but whose long-term starting potential may be constrained by his poor blocking, limited value as a receiver, and inconsistent play. Working as a full-time starter in 2014 with another year of experience under his belt should clarify his standing; it’s easy to imagine him succeeding, but looks more like a reserve so far.

Games watched: Duke (’13), Idaho (’13), Miami (’13), North Carolina St. (’13), Syracuse (’13), Wake Forest (’13)

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